Tuesday 27 September 2016

WATCH: Donald Trump's flashy WWE-inspired entrance at the Republican National Convention

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 20/07/2016 | 07:54

Republican candidate Donald Trump walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention. Photo: John Locher/AP
Republican candidate Donald Trump walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention. Photo: John Locher/AP

Melania Trump’s apparently plagiarised speech wasn’t the only memorable moment from the opening night of the Republican National Convention.

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On Monday, his first night at the convention, Donald Trump seized the spotlight with a WWE-style entrance.

The Republican nominee walked on stage to the soundtrack of Queen’s triumphant anthem “We Are the Champions”, accompanied by smoke machines and dramatic backlighting,

As the house lights dimmed, the rousing tune burst through the speakers and the presidential hopeful emerged through a cloud of blue smoke.

He offered the audience two thumbs up as he said: “Thank you, thank you everybody. We love you so much. We’re gonna win, we’re gonna win so big.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has used Queen’s music on the campaign trail.

After he used the same song at a Republican primary last month, Queen guitarist Brian May issued a statement denouncing Trump’s use of the track, saying the band would “never give permission”.

“Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool,” he wrote on his website in June.

On Tuesday, the band spoke out once again against Trump’s usage of the song.

“An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes,” read a tweet from the band’s official account.

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